One post a week: How I made the #projekt52 in 2017

Like in 2016 I took part in the #projekt52, which was started by Torsten Landsiedel – little difference to 2016 is that I made it this year and didn't have to give up after only a few weeks. The reason for that was a small change of my attitude.

(Almost) no topic is too small for a post

The main reason for finishing the project this year was that I made the decision to stop thinking of topics as too small or unimportant for articles (I got that idea from a tweet, but unfortunately cannot say who wrote it anymore). Maybe it saves some time for another person or is helpful for yourself if you have the problem again after a while. So if I need to search for a longer time for a problem’s solution during a project, I create a draft for that.

With that, I often can finish a draft for my weekly posts instead of the need of searching a topic first. I hope to keep that output interval and write a post per week besides my weekly recap in 2018 too 🙂

Uberspace 7 – a small experience report

I really like the web hoster Uberspace, and the team started the public beta of Uberspace 7 (U7) a few days ago:

They invested a lot of work into the new system, and it comes with a lot of improvements compared to Uberspace 6 – even now, in the beta version. All domains on U7 get automatic SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt, and HTTP requests are redirected to HTTPS. U7 supports HTTP/2, comes with PHP-FPM (no more start delay) and MariaDB 10.1 as default database solution. The command line toolchain is fresher than before, and there is a new handbook on More on that in the post »Die U7 Public Beta« by Jonas Pasche.

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Theme sale to all countries + guest checkout

From now on I sell my themes to all countries. That is possible because I state sale taxes from this year on. Because of that, I am going to increase the price of Schlicht from 15 to 18 Euros on February 1, 2017 (circa the 19 percent sales tax in Germany).

Update from January 26, 2017: From now on, all customers can use automatic theme updates. Because of this, I deactivated the possibility to create an account on a purchase.

Besides that, it is now possible to buy a theme without creating a customer account. But if you use the guest checkout, this means you cannot use the automatic update process. You will need to download the new theme versions manually with a link you get after purchasing.

#projekt52 – next try

Last year, Torsten Landsiedel set himself the goal to write one article each week, so 52 posts in the year. With his Project 52, he also motivated a few others, but only one reached the goal – I had to give up directly in January…

This year there is a restart, and besides Torsten, also Bernhard Kau accepts the challenge again (he was the only one to publish one post per week in 2016). After that, there are already a few others who will try to do it – Wolfram Lührig, Ellen and Manuel from Elmastudio, and Marc Nilius.

I’ll give it a try again, too… Happy Blogging!